Add-A-Lake
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on July 2, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
email or elist without written permission directly from me. If you would like to share the url for this tutorial, you may do so without writing for permission, but I always welcome a "who, where" email.  Thank you.

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
Almathera filter - download here.
Nanson's Sea gradient ~ download here, unzip into your gradients folder.

Open the image of your choice or use the one I am using.
Simply click the image below, download the zip file then unzip and open in PSP.

*Notice this graphic has a natural dividing line in it.  That is what inspired me to make this graphic into one with a lake.  Most pictures of this type have some sort of natural division in them - it is just how you see it.

File > Save as > addalake.pspimage

Shift + S to copy your image and then close your original image.

Promote your background layer in the Layer Palette.  Rename this layer "original" and turn off the visibility to this layer.

In your Layer Palette duplicate the layer.

Rename the copy of layer "bottom".

Set your lasso tool set at:
Freehand
Feather 0
Smoothing 1
Anti-alias checked

Draw along the dividing line and include the top of the image - basically what you want above the lake.
The area shaded in red is the area I have selected.

(Click to see a larger view.)

Just for safe keeping when I am working a project like this one I will save my selections to an Alpha channel.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Save to Alpha channel > Name it top > Save.

Selections > Promote to layer.

Rename this layer "top".

Activate the "bottom" layer

Hit the delete key.

Selections > Select none.

 

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